Diamonds Are Forever, Primary Colors, quilts, scrap quilts, sewing room

Another busy day – I remembered to turn the flash off to take a photo of the quilting on Stain Glass Stars – with the flash it didn’t want to focus right on the stitch work the last time I took a photo.  The colors look a little different without the flash but you can see the stitches.  I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework – TGIFF  .

hand quilting

Primary Colors – I laid all the blocks back on the floor to see what I need to cut still – I decided I did want to make the quilt closer to a full size quilt.  By making the quilt 4 rows long it will be 96 inches long  I will put a partial row – 6 inches on each side of my 3 rows across and make it 84 inches wide.  At this moment I am not thinking of adding a border – I don’t have enough fabric left over after I cut what is needed to make the rest of the blocks needed – although I will check after I get it all sewed together – but I don’t think I will and with all of these colors from one line I don’t think it would look right to introduce a new fabric for a border.  It really doesn’t need a border but of course the quilts always shrink up a little after washing and drying but I said I would make a raffle quilt but I didn’t promise any certain size so in the end it will be ok.

primary colors

More fabric was picked out and treated and ready to cut today or this weekend – I have red, yellow and a couple other smaller pieces leftover to mix in and what is left that hasn’t been made into pieces yet  – I have plenty of orange, blue and yellow so I deliberately left those out.


I changed the quilt out on the bed once again – I am really trying to rotate quilts as sometimes I don’t think about it and one stays on the bed for months and others do not get used.  This one is my first hexie quilt called Diamonds are Forever – I finished it last year – it took a couple years to make and the hexies are one inch size.  (only in the bedroom do I get these little white circles of dust motes show up in the photos)

Diamonds are Forever

A close up of the hand quilting.  These colors were a bit out of my zone but I was and still am trying to clean up the stash so I used them and went for a older look.

hand quilting

When Jessica came to visit from Wisconsin the 3rd week of July she brought me three chunks of rhubarb root from her large plant – I wasn’t sure where to plant as I have not had good luck – I have planted in the same place two times now and one time in a different area all with it dying within a couple years. So I put the chunks of root with dirt in a 5 gallon bucket and thought I would wait until fall to plant it somewhere – I didn’t expect it to take off growing like this!!  This is the healthiest bunch of rhubarb I have ever had and it is in a bucket on the deck where it is shady almost all the time – of course this summer has been much cooler than normal but I don’t usually have it looking good like this.  From what I have been told our winters do not get cold enough for a long enough period of time and our summers are too hot – so where the heck do I plant it – I’m still trying to figure it out – maybe I will leave it in the bucket over winter and then figure it out.  But no matter where I plant it I have a feeling it too well be dead in a couple years.


A view of the sewing room – I am done with this part of the wall – Mike has more pine panels to put up on the side of the wall I show and about half of another wall  – Mike’s desk will go in the corner in fact that is his desk top leaning against the wall in the box, the sewing machine might go in front of the window like it had been – but I am thinking of possibly putting my new cutting table in front of the window instead and it will be kind of a continuation off of Mike’s desk – both being a nice size plank of wood with legs attached and then the sewing machine – we will see once we get done and start to bring things back into the room.    Still a bit of work to do – and the floor has not been started yet.

sewing room in progress







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19 comments… add one
  • Marianne Aug 11, 2017

    Put your rhubarb in the shadiest place you can so that it won’t get sun. It doesn’t matter if it gets sun here in VT – it’s plenty cool – but for yours to flourish, it will need to stay cool. I don’t know if it will need a very cold winter – guess you’ll need to experiment. I do like rhubarb in baked things like muffins and in jam to cut the sweetness. Your post reminds me that I had a plant at the community gardens which are no more and just getting overgrown. I should go over and check to see if I can dig up a chunk to plant in our small condo garden.

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      I think deep shade also – I might have the spot for it, and will have to keep it in mind

  • Deb Aug 11, 2017

    That is one happy rhubarb plant right where it is! 🙂 Your hand quilting looks lovely.
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    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      I know I am so tempted to just leave it in the bucket and see what happens

  • Thimbleanna Aug 11, 2017

    Ahhh, one of my old favorites of yours — it’s nice to see the beautiful hexie quilt again. Your quilting is looking wonderful on the stained glass quilt and wow — you’re coming along so quickly with primary colors!

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      yes it has been coming along quickly – perhaps too quickly – big mistakes have been found in 2 of the 24 inch blocks – time to fix those today before moving on to anything else

  • maxine lesline Aug 11, 2017

    Wonderful to see the hand quilting… and the rhubarb is loving the bucket… it has been a garden staple in Kansas forever. .. at least all of my 91 years. It is really pricey in the stores when available.

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      we always had rhubarb in Wisconsin where I grew up, now our younger daughter lives there and she planted it – but none of them like it much so it just grows wild most of the time – of course once you plant rhubarb in the northern states you can not get rid of it – here I guess the summer is just too hot or the winter not cold enough – we will see how it grows this time.

  • Val Reynolds Aug 11, 2017

    Your Diamonds Forever is a beautiful quilt. Perfect as an end of summer bed quilt.

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      thanks – I do love this quilt too

  • Dottie bishaw Aug 11, 2017

    Your hexie quilt is so beautiful, I just love looking at the picture! Your quilting on your wall hanging is making it even more beautiful. The rhubarb plant really loves that pot and your porch! The sewing room is looking so pretty and it won’t be too much longer and you’ll be in it again quilting away!

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      I wonder if anyone ever grows rhubarb on the porch in a pot? Maybe a larger pot in the shade of the porch would work? a thought – maybe someone knows.
      thanks – I love the hexie quilt so old fashioned looking

  • Magali Aug 11, 2017

    Oh, I love that quilt on the bed. It is so much work!
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    • Karen Aug 11, 2017

      I love the old fashioned look of this hexie quilt too – it was a lot of work but worth it in the end – hope the next hexie quilt will look as good when it is done – 2? 3? years from now LOL

  • Belarmina Aug 11, 2017

    Kare una entrada magnífica,
    es todo tan bonito que solo puedo decir
    ¡¡¡Me Fascina!!!

    • Karen Aug 11, 2017


  • Sandy Panagos Aug 11, 2017

    Your hand quilting is so nice! Now I want to plan a new project just to do some hand quilting. I miss doing it. I really like the half blocks on the edges of your Primary Colors quilt. It makes it more interesting.
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  • Lynne Nicholson UK Aug 12, 2017

    Hi. Yes you can grow rhubarb (or as it was called in my family boorarb) in a pot it just needs to be well fed the pot must not get waterlogged. My dad grew it in various places in the garden the places it grew best were in the shade of a bush where it was on the north side and under a tree with a dense leafy canopy. Of course normally in the UK we don’t get too warm.
    Try double potting in terracotta pot (that “breathes” better) and insulate between the pots with capillary mat wrapped around the inner pot (try to make sure it’s a pot with a drainage hole and you want it raised up in a dish type base similar to the ones you protect your windowsills from house plant water and have the capillary mat wick out the hole.) fill the gap between the pots with gravel in the bottom of the large pot to bring the smaller to the same level as the top of the larger. Then insulation (polystyrene packing pellets, or, shredded news paper, or, straw) keep the dish base topped up with water which will wick up the capillary matting and its evaporation will keep the inner pot cool. Hopefully problem solved.
    Or if you really want to you can grow it the Yorkshire way in a “cave”.

    • Karen Aug 12, 2017

      🙂 thanks for all the info on the rhubarb! I didn’t realize you grew it there too. I need to see what I can do with it this fall. I think I have found a place near the garden but not in the garden. I have a nice shady area to one side that has good tree cover and it in the shade almost all the time so it would be cooler there but it is quite wet when it rains and doesn’t dry out – so I would need to build a little bit of a raised bed in that area to put it in so it would be above the area that sits in water. I had to look at see what a capillary mat is as I have not used one and will also look at big pots in case I decide to keep it on the porch in the shade – it is always cooler on the porch.

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